Yesterday it was announced that New Balance South Africa, with whom I have had some great dealings as part of the Unogwaja Challenge, are the new kit suppliers for the Proteas taking over from Adidas. The deal with New Balance will run for the next five years and will see New Balance produce kits for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in India in 2016.
New Balance have already been around the local scene for a while as they have been the sponsors of the Sunfoil Dolphins in the past and the Chevrolet Knights currently in the Franchise game, but have also sponsored the likes of David Miller and Dale Steyn personally. This sponsorship, alongside their sponsorship of Liverpool in England, will surely take New Balance into the top league of sports sponsorship and sales in South Africa.
Last night the new kits were unveiled by the T20 captain Faf du Plessis, the Test captain Hashim Amla and David Miller for the ODI side in the absence of AB de Villiers. My initial thoughts were wow, I really like the kit. I like the mix of colours, I love that the T20 shirt is not full body yellow and the ODI kit is of classic brilliance. These are some shirts I would readily get my hands on as a supporter so big ups to New Balance!
The Proteas will wear their new kit on their tour to Bangladesh now in July, where there will be all three formats on display. I cant wait!
Check out the Proteas kits over the years.